I don’t like the idea of having worms in my garden. They look gross and slimy. However, later on I have realized that they play an important role for my garden.
The Benefits of Worms
- They play in decomposition process. They transfer organic materials into valuable nutrients which can nourish the plants.
- The manure of the worm is rich in nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium. In this way, your plants will grow and develop so that they can bear much fruits or flowers.
- They help in aerating the soil. They can loosen the soil so that the oxygen flows down. Thus, the roots will also grow because they will receive proper water and air which are all essential. They also keep the water in the soil without making a pool of water. So, proper drainage is still there.
- They can transport deeper nutrients into the upper portion of the soil so that the plants can easily grab them.
There are two types of worms that you can use:
The Earthworm works in your garden. They work on the soil where your flowers, vegetables, or fruits are planted. You can buy them in your local nursery store. Another type is the composting worm. It lives in your compost bin or pile. The worms will help you in the decomposition process.
First of all, you should have a worm bin. This is where you will put your worms. You can buy it online or you can make your own. Use the internet as there are lots of tutorials out there that teach about DIY worm bin.
When making your own worm bin, you should use a durable material. Most gardeners want to use wood, except for the untreated wood because of the chemicals it has. Make sure that it is well ventilated. You can put holes on it so that the worms won’t be drowned to the bottom part. Make a bin that is larger so that the worms will have enough space to move. You should also cover the bin so that the light won’t enter. This causes the worms to dry out. Make sure that your bin is in a cool area so that it will be protected from extreme heat. You can place it under a tree or in the garage or shed.
Put the organic materials into the worm bin. You can put paper, dry grass, or straw. Let it moisten before you will place the worms. In this way, the worms will have proper ventilation. But do not put eucalyptus because this acts as insecticides that would kill the worms.
You should feed the worms. You can constantly put table scraps like fruits, vegetables, and a lot more. You will notice how the worms consume them quickly. Do not forget to constantly mix the bin so that they will have more food to eat.
Lastly, maintain your worm bin. You can add water every other day and make sure that the bin is equally elevated. This will keep the worms inside the bin. If you will become successful in your worm composting, you will see how healthy your plants will be.